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"Graphical User Interface Streamlining Implementing a Content Space" in Patent Application Approval Process

August 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Computer Weekly News -- A patent application by the inventors Bakthavachalam, Senthil K. (Poughkeepsie, NY); Boden, Edward B. (Highland, NY); Fullam, Martin M. (New Paltz, NY), filed on January 15, 2013, was made available online on July 24, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to International Business Machines Corporation.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The present invention relates to software development, and more specifically, to systems and methods for streamlined graphical user interface (GUI) navigation via a software product content space.

"Current software products are often large and complex and come with large and complex GUIs. Learning the product via such GUIs can be time-consuming and is made more difficult by the complication of learning how to navigate around the large GUI itself. Additionally, the product documentation that describes how to accomplish work in the GUI is typically complex because it must describe a complex GUI. For example, many current network systems can support hundreds of panels and pop-ups. As such, as a user learns a new software product, a large amount of time is consumed trying to learn just the GUI."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Exemplary embodiments include a computer-implemented method for streamlined graphical user interface navigation, the method including collecting, by a processor, a plurality of requirements, creating, by the processor, a plurality of content space specification files that includes the plurality of requirements, processing, by the processor, the plurality of content space specification files to generate a plurality of user stories and mapping the user stories to a plurality of graphical user interface panels.

"Additional exemplary embodiments include a computer program product for streamlined graphical user interface navigation, the computer program product including a non-transitory computer readable medium storing instructions for causing a computer to implement a method. The method includes collecting, by a processor, a plurality of requirements, creating, by the processor, a plurality of content space specification files that includes the plurality of requirements, processing, by the processor, the plurality of content space specification files to generate a plurality of user stories and mapping the user stories to a plurality of graphical user interface panels.

"Additional exemplary embodiments include a system for streamlined graphical user interface navigation, the system including a processor configured to collect a plurality of requirements, create a plurality of content space specification files that includes the plurality of requirements, process the plurality of content space specification files to generate a plurality of user stories and map the user stories to a plurality of graphical user interface panels.

"Further exemplary embodiments include a computer-implemented method for streamlined graphical user interface navigation, the method including collecting a plurality of requirements, defining a content space including a plurality of cells, each cell defining an user story, each cell having a plurality of dimensions, creating a plurality of content space specification files that includes the plurality of requirements, traversing at least one dimension of each of the plurality of cells to generate the user story and mapping a plurality of graphical user interface panels to the content space.

"Additional features and advantages are realized through the techniques of the present invention. Other embodiments and aspects of the invention are described in detail herein and are considered a part of the claimed invention. For a better understanding of the invention with the advantages and the features, refer to the description and to the drawings.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"The subject matter which is regarded as the invention is particularly pointed out and distinctly claimed in the claims at the conclusion of the specification. The forgoing and other features, and advantages of the invention are apparent from the following detailed description taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings in which:

"FIG. 1 illustrates a high level block diagram of a system for generating user stories, which can be implemented for streamlined GUI navigation;

"FIG. 2 illustrates a chart representation of the five exemplary dimensions described herein;

"FIG. 3 illustrates the system for integrating content space data into streamlined GUI navigation based on a content space in software of FIG. 1, further illustrating the content space tool process flow that defines implementation of content space data;

"FIGS. 4A-4F illustrate various screenshots of an exemplary content space-based navigation GUI;

"FIG. 5 illustrates a table illustrating how the systems and methods described herein handle instances; and

"FIG. 6 illustrates an exemplary embodiment of a system in which streamlined GUI navigation can be implemented."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Bakthavachalam, Senthil K.; Boden, Edward B.; Fullam, Martin M. Graphical User Interface Streamlining Implementing a Content Space. Filed January 15, 2013 and posted July 24, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=192&p=4&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140717.PD.&OS=PD/20140717&RS=PD/20140717

Keywords for this news article include: Software, International Business Machines Corporation.

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